Kampala. Mr Mark Ocitti, the Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) managing director, has left the Luzira-based brewery after three years at the helm.
Mr Ocitti, who was the second Ugandan to head UBL since the takeover by Diageo, to goes to Tanzania to head Serengeti Breweries Limited, another Diageo subsidiary.
“This month, Uganda Breweries celebrates 73 years of existence and I am happy to say that I have played my part. And a positive part in the last three years. My three years have been exciting, challenging and fulfilling,” he said in a press statement released at the weekend.
In the three years, Mr Ocitti said, the company has grown in both revenue and market share characterized by the repositioning of Uganda Waragi and other flavours that specifically recruited new consumers into the gin space.
The growth, UBL said, was largely driven by deliberate efforts towards innovation, which saw the brewer invest in a Sh20b waste treatment plant and a Shs13b glass bottling line.
In its group results released early this year, UBL noted that innovations in Uganda contributed 10 per cent to the total revenue of the group compared to 18 per cent and 45 per cent in Kenya and Tanzania respectively.
Mr Ocitti also said UBL had transformed a significant part of the community, noting that the company had invested about Shs2.5b social protection, especially in the area of environment, water and sanitation and education.
This, he said, also saw the brewer invest in farmers who supply the company with raw materials such as sorghum, cassava, barley and others.
UBL last week said it had put aside Shs135b to invest in a five year production capacity expansion plan that will see the company’s beer capacity grow by 47 per cent.
The expansion will entail purchase of new equipment and some infrastructure changes.
Investment in production
New bottling line: UBL has invested in expansion of its spirits plant with the a new Shs13b glass packaging line that now produces spirits at about four times the speed and volume what it used to produce. It currently has capacity to produce 6,000 bottles per hour, replacing the old line which had the capacity of 1,440 bottles per hour.